Another great city tradition is the Open House New York that makes hundreds of the city's wonderful sites accessible to the public. The event offers a unique possibility to discover some of New York's best examples of architecture, design, engineering, and cultural heritage.
The weekend-long event features all kinds of spaces from boardrooms to clubs, firehouses to factories, lighthouses to mansions, monuments to lookouts—enough of diversity to satisfy anyone’s curiosity. Open House New York is aimed to show how important architecture and urban planning is for a city.
Annually in October, the Open House offers visits to more than 300 sites, guided tours, talks, performances, and special events. Some of the past sites included the Museum of Chinese in America, the Islamic Cultural Center, Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, and the Staten Island's Conference House as well as tours to neighbourhoods such as Lower Manhattan.